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USS War Hawk (AP-168)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Quebec - India
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Lingayen Gulf, 10 January 1945) - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
Purple Heart (61-KIA, Lingayen Gulf, 10 January 1945)
La Salle Class Transport:
Laid down, 24 December 1942, as SS War Hawk, a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1154), at Moore Dry Dock Co., Oakland, CA.
Launched, 3 April 1943
Transferred to Waterman Steamship Corp., 18 November 1943, under a General Agency Agreement for operation for the War Shipping Administration
Commissioned USS War Hawk (AP-168), 9 March 1944, CDR. Stanley H. Thompson, USNR, in command
During WWII USS War Hawk was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 to 22 June 1944
Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 to 29 July 1944
Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 to 10 January 1945
Leyte landings, 22 October, 18 November 1944
Following World War II USS War Hawk was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|3 to 6 November 1945||7 to 24 November 1945
|14 January to 1 February 1946||30 May to 5 July 1946
|23 March to 5 April 1946||
Decommissioned, 12 August 1946
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 13 August 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 8 October 1946
USS War Hawk earned three battle stars for her World War II service
Acquired by Waterman Steamship Co. Inc., Mobile, AL, 1 April 1948, under a General Agency Agreement
Purchased, 1 October 1948 by Waterman Steamship Co. Inc., title passed same day
Sold by Waterman Steamship Co., Inc. to Ocean Transportation Co. Inc., N.Y. in 1954, renamed SS Ocean Dinny
Sold by Ocean Transportation Co. Inc, to Overseas Carrier Corp., 17 December 1965, renamed SS Overseas Dinny
Dropped from the American Shipping Board Register, 1970
Final Disposition, sold, 18 January 1971, to Hung Shing Wire Works Co. Ltd. for scrapping in Taiwan
Displacement 6,556 t.(lt) 13,910 t.(fl)
Length 459' 2"
Draft 23' (lim)
Speed 16.5 kts (trial)
Cargo Capacity 2,100 DWT
non-refrigerated, 130,000 Cu ft.
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 10,300 Bbls
Diesel 880 Bbls
one General Electric steam turbine
two Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers, 450psi 750°
double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
three turbo-drive 250Kw 240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 6,000shp
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||USS War Hawk (AP-168) in San Francisco Bay near Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, 23 May 1945.
US National Archives Photo No. 19-N-85367, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS War Hawk (AP-168) at anchor, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo.
|Hyperwar US Navy in WWII web site
| Merchant Service
Ocean Transportation Co.
||Stern view of ex-USS War Hawk (AP-168) in Merchant service as the Ocean Transportation Co.'s SS Ocean Dinny
working cargo at Bremerhaven, Germany in August 1964.
||Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
USS War Hawk (AP-168)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
With additional comments by James S Alumbaugh MoMM2/c USNR USS War Hawk
|01||CDR. Thompson, Stanley Hudson USNR||9 March 1944 - 20 December 1945|
|02||CAPT. Bacon Jr., Barton Elijah, USN (1925)||20 December 1945 - 12 August 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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Last Updated 11 August 2017
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